Domaine Drouhin Lauréne Pinot Noir 2016
Domaine Drouhin Oregon is a long-time favorite wine estate of the Murray family. We met winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss when she first embarked upon her Oregon winemaking adventure in the early 1990's and was releasing her first vintages of 1988, 1989 and 1990. Visiting Oregon wine country was a revelation back then, and the Drouhin family's positive influence on the Willamette Valley is legendary. Véronique Drouhin-Boss always seeks to capture the essence of what nature has provided in the estate's vineyards each year, rather than trying to dictate a particular style. The wines at Domaine Drouhin are hallmarked by elegance, finesse, purity, and the capacity to improve gracefully with age. Domaine Drouhin Oregon uses approximately 20% new oak for their Pinot Noirs, which allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through. Barrels are custom made in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests. The goal is to produce Pinot Noirs with balance, elegance and finesse.
Domaine Drouhin is home to 90 acres of hillside vineyards in the heart of Oregon's Red Hills of the Willamette Valley, producing stunning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are noted internationally for their pure expression of fruit, superior balance, silky texture, and classical elegance. The 90 acres of hillside vineyards that ribbon the 225-acre estate are at the very heart of Domaine Drouhin wines. Situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400 and 800 feet in elevation, the site was selected for its remarkable similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy.' Domaine Drouhin remains one of the standards against which other Oregon Pinot Noirs must be measured.' - The Wine Advocate
Aroma: Intensely aromatic and complex on the nose. Aromas include dried flowers, violet, spices, blueberry and touch of orange blossom. Flavor: The palate is captivating, displaying great concentration, with refined texture. It is beautifully balanced, with a long aftertaste.
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Wine EnthusiastThis is a smoky, silky wine loaded with ripe and juicy blackberry fruit. The percentage of new oak is not disclosed, but there's just the right amount of barrel toast evident in the nose and the flavor. Lovely already, this should age nicely over the next decade.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Pinot Noir Laurene is pale to medium ruby-purple with aromas of Earl Grey tea leaves and orange peel over a core of black cherries, black licorice and potpourri. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with fresh black fruits and spicy suggestions, framed by very fine, grainy tannins and packed with juicy acidity, finishing long with warm black fruit. 2,786 cases produced.
Wine SpectatorVibrant and sleekly complex, with layered raspberry and cherry flavors, accented by orange-tinged tea, bay leaf and spice notes that build tension toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.